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Unread 07-20-2008, 04:57 PM   #61
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Thanks for the great comments guys!

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Can I ask how the ez-locker ended up workin for you? Is it as good as a regular locker< or atleast does it serve its function? I was looking at one for myself.
It turned out great! It's easily one of the best investments I've made to the jeep. I notice the improvements every time I wheel, and I love it more and more each time I get to use it.

On 31's I don't foresee it being a big problem (knock on wood). Although I know locking the d35 isn't necessarily smart, I would still lock the rear before the front any day. It's only common sense. You generally won't get stuck going downhill.. but you will need as much traction when climbing out of mud holes (upward), and climbing hills. When you're facing upwards most of the weight is on the rear tires, so a rear locker will benefit you much more. Granted if you're climbing out of a mud hole, the front tires will hit solid ground first, so locking the front is not a bad thing for sure.

When you're doing technical stuff like rock crawling, it's nice to know that if you get a tire in the air you can usually still move. It sure makes getting right to the edge on an RTI ramp easy, that's for sure. :P

To answer your question directly.. yes it's "as good" as a full time locker or selectable locker on the trail. It locks solid and can not slip. On the street it's another story however. It makes ratcheting sounds when it's unlocked around a corner (barely audible from inside), and will crack and pop occasionally. The more I drive it on the street the more I get used to having it, and it doesn't bug me at all anymore. The first few days I had it I was honestly regretting it, having to think about it all the time to keep the jeep from tire hopping and popping.. but just like driving a manual tranny, you get used to it and barely think about it after a while.

My recommendation would be to go for it. If you can spend $1000 on a locker go selectable, but you will love a lunchbox locker.

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Unread 07-20-2008, 05:33 PM   #62
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Today me and Kyle (Cyborg) went out to a small area on range road 24 near Edmonton. It's private land, but we called Hal (the owner) to get permission before going.

Anyway, we ran into some quadders out there and we were havin' some great fun an a huge skeg pit. I told the one guy jokingly that one of the really tough routes through it was the "easy way"... he believed me for some reason and here's the result!

At the end of the video he can be heard saying "I though you said it wasn't bad, you ****in' set me up!"

http://myjeeptj.com/wpg2?g2_itemId=11883

In good sport I pulled him out. :P

This is the part we were trying to get through.

http://myjeeptj.com/wpg2?g2_itemId=11889
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Unread 07-27-2008, 10:52 PM   #63
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Ok, they are really done now. I got the stainless hardware I needed for the sides, and picked up some Clear Outdoor Acrylic caulking to seal them up. I talk about this more in the write-up here.

I made new sandwich plates for the insides because a couple didn't fit right. I also went ahead and made sandwich plates for the sides too, which is something I have never seen in an aftermarket set.. so NYAH-NYAH to all them!

For the paint I did 3 coats of primer and 3 coats of paint.

I learned a few things about paint this time around..
1: 3 coats is "enough" but I would prefer 5 or more. The paint is still fairly thin, but I assume I will need to touch it up on the bottoms after using them offroad no matter what, so this is not a big deal.
1: Get a paint can trigger thingy.. Something you attach to the top of the can that adds a handle and trigger. My fingers hurt real bad after all that painting, and that would have made it much easier. Maybe it's just Tremclad.. but the nozzle is pretty stiff.
2: Painting inside gaps is hard. the paint is really thin on the part of the tubes that face the body because it was hard to get in there. If I was prepared better I could have hung the rockers so I would be able to spray better at that angle.
3: Glyptal is CRAZY stuff. It dries to an almost rubbery finish at first, and takes about 72 hours to dry completely to a hard-ish finish. When I coated the inside of the stand-offs with it it made a huge mess. I regret not preparing more (tape tape and more tape) for this step, but I am really glad I did because there's no better way to coat inside something like that. After I learned my lesson the 2nd rocker went a lot smoother than the 1st.
4: 12 hours from final coat to install is not *near* enough time. I knew the paint wouldn't be fully set yet, so I was careful.. but I still messed up the paint pretty bad in a few places. especially where the counter sunk bolts sit. I will need to remove the bolts, mask off and repaint those later. I can't remove the rockers from the jeep anymore because they are glued on with acrylic and I don't want to try to clean that up if I remove them. Next project I do the paint will sit for 48 hours+ before I touch it.

Some other lessons learned:
1: Cut the holes in the stand-offs before welding them to the rockers. I could have just put them in a drill press.. once they were welded to the rockers, it was too much of a pain to drill them so I used a plasma torch. This worked ok because I found the right setting that would burn through the 1st layer, but not the 2nd... but it made a nasty mess inside.
2: While 1" seems like enough space between the tubes and rockers, it's very difficult to weld. It's great because I don't get the back of my leg dirty every time I hop out of the jeep, but it's very hard to weld properly.

I'm very pleased with the results. Cows are less beefy. They look good, work great as a hi-lift point, and will perform great offroad.

Here's a few more pictures.

Old hardware (before I got the stainless outside bolts)




Sandwich plates including the new side ones, and the new hardware




Clear Acrylic to seal them


All done!

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Unread 07-27-2008, 11:11 PM   #64
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looks good, what thickness is the metal for the backing plates...
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Unread 07-28-2008, 05:22 PM   #65
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They are .135 high grade stainless. (1/8" is .125)

They will easily deform the tub before bending, it's beefy stuff.
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Unread 07-30-2008, 05:59 AM   #66
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Man! You built those suckers yourself? They are bad a$$! Hey Raz, can you make me a set?

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Unread 08-03-2008, 10:44 AM   #67
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Thanks :P

I don't think I will be making another set of rockers unless I get a business going. They are just too complicated to "one-off". If I was getting all the parts plasma cut and I was making say... 10 sets at a time it would be worth it.
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Unread 08-03-2008, 07:01 PM   #68
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Thanks :P

I don't think I will be making another set of rockers unless I get a business going. They are just too complicated to "one-off". If I was getting all the parts plasma cut and I was making say... 10 sets at a time it would be worth it.
How long do I have to wait? Put me in for a set. I've been considering rockers and yours would look sweet on my TJ. I've also been thinking about getting my own "practice" welder since I now have a garage to do that stuff. Any recomendations? I'm looking for somthing affordable, maybe a welder from crappy tire or princess auto. Should I go stick or wire feed? I did some welding waaayyy back in high school but that was it. I would love to build my own custom rockers, bumpers, etc.
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Unread 08-03-2008, 07:04 PM   #69
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How long do I have to wait? Put me in for a set. I've been considering rockers and yours would look sweet on my TJ. I've also been thinking about getting my own "practice" welder since I now have a garage to do that stuff. Any recomendations? I'm looking for somthing affordable, maybe a welder from crappy tire or princess auto. Should I go stick or wire feed? I did some welding waaayyy back in high school but that was it. I would love to build my own custom rockers, bumpers, etc.
Thanks Jamz!

Well, I'm no welder so I'm not the best person to talk to about that. Although the guys in the fab section seem to like the Millermatic 180. Do a search in there or even ask on EJC. I'm sure you will get some good advice.

I will start a list for you, and put you on the list. If I get 10 people interested in parts (rockers, bumpers, etc) I will see if I can make a go at it.
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Unread 08-03-2008, 07:31 PM   #70
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Thanks Jamz!

Well, I'm no welder so I'm not the best person to talk to about that. Although the guys in the fab section seem to like the Millermatic 180. Do a search in there or even ask on EJC. I'm sure you will get some good advice.

I will start a list for you, and put you on the list. If I get 10 people interested in parts (rockers, bumpers, etc) I will see if I can make a go at it.
Very cool.
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Unread 08-03-2008, 10:12 PM   #71
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looks awesome
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Unread 08-11-2008, 11:08 PM   #72
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I had an amazing weekend! We went up to Grande Cache for the 2008 ACE event. ACE stands for "The Alberta 4x4 Club conference on the Environment".

Basically, the guys from TNT (True North Trailrunners) out of Grand Prairie invite some of the major clubs in Alberta to the event, and we raise awareness about wheeling, and do trail clean-up as we go. The whole town gets involved. The Fas Gas sponsored the event with tons of goodies like water, chips, a wiener roast, etc and the local pub had a huge prime rib feast for us.

There was roughly 60 rigs there, all Jeeps but two. There were prizes for the most trash cleaned up while wheeling, and most unique piece of trash found.

One of the groups found a car that was thrown off the cliff near the top of Grande Mountain. They decided it would be a shoe-in for the prize and spent about 4 hours getting it up the cliff with a couple winches and many straps for length, and then dragged it all the way down to the trail head. They then loaded it onto a car hauler and took it into town!



The trails up there are amazing, the scenery was breathtaking and meeting all the people from all over Alberta adds up to the best weekend I've had in a long time.

Here's a few photos from this weekend that I really like:



















Full gallery of the trip is here: http://myjeeptj.com/wpg2?g2_itemId=1...hlightId=12114
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Unread 09-20-2008, 03:32 AM   #73
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Just finished off the front bumper for the heep today.

I just need to get the tube work done when I can make a trip down to Sylvan Lake to visit Brink_.

I cut the plate out, and drilled holes in all the corners of the cut-outs. I then connected the "dots" with a zip disc on a grinder, then made it look nice with a die-grinder. Big pain in the ***, but it's worth it for the pretty holes.




I had it all tacked together for a test fit.



Ok, fits good! Took it off to weld it, and put it on the jeep again to use a bumper until I work on it again.



Made the clevis tabs out of 1" thick QT100 plate, drilled 1" holes in them and welded them on, and welded up the whole bumper. I then spent a bunch of time cleaning up all the welds and spatter.







All done now but the paint and the 4 holes for the winch mount. The top plate that the winch mounts to is 1/4", the fairlead mount and formed bottom is all 3/16". There are also 1/4" doubler plates inside, opposite to where the clevis mounts are welded on for extra assurance.

The winch plate is not removable obviously, which means you have to remove the bumper to get the winch off. This is by design so it doesn't get stolen.

You can see the full gallery of images here: http://myjeeptj.com/wpg2?g2_itemId=13496

Let me know what you think, it's my first crack at a bumper, but I do work as a press brake operator so I know this stuff pretty well. The design is similar to the one from SniperFab, but it's designed from scratch by yours truly. I got a ticketed welder in the shop to do the welding for me.
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Unread 09-20-2008, 11:50 AM   #74
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very nice...
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Unread 09-20-2008, 12:51 PM   #75
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Thanks.
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